Talk to Kids About Fires
The good news is that there are smart ways both to avoid a fire in your home and to act quickly if a blaze does break out. "Parents don't talk about fire with their kids because they're worried about scaring them, but avoiding the subject can make fire seem even more frightening to children," says actress Marcia Gay Harden, a mother of three whose brother's wife and two children died in a fire started by a candle. When speaking to your children, you don't have to focus on the devastation that could occur if your house catches on fire, adds Heidi Taylor, a fire-safety expert with the American Red Cross, in Washington, D.C. Just be positive and say, "This is what we will do to be safe." To protect your family from a deadly fire, follow this three-step plan.